Edition Mentzeliana

Volume 1 (Biography)

Christian Mentzel (1622-1701): personal physician of the Great Elector, botanist and sinologist :
[a biography on the 400th birthday of the famous Fürstenwalde scholar]. 

Team of authors: Astrid Böger, Wolf D. Hartmann, Stefan Koch, Markus Mollitor, Brigitte Nixdorf, Melanie Scholz & Guido Strohfeldt

Published 2021
DIE MARK BRANDENBURG – Publishing House for Regional and Contemporary History
ISBN: 978-3-948052-11-9
Link: https://www.die-mark-brandenburg.de/Christian-Mentzel-1622-1701-Leibarzt-des-Grossen-Kurfuersten-Botaniker-und-Sinologe

Content:

  • “A Fürstenwalder is Mr. Mentzel” – origin, school, studies.
  • “Argonaut train to track down golden truths” – teacher, botanist, personal physician
  • “For I may well call the Chinese language and scripture very difficult to learn” – co-founder of sinology
  • “He never deviated from the path of strict science” – death and afterlife
  • Appendix

 

Volume 2 (Botany)

Christian Mentzel as a botanist of the 17th century (working title)

Team of authors: Astrid Böger, Wolf D. Hartmann, Stefan Koch, Markus Mollitor, Brigitte Nixdorf, Melanie Scholz & Guido Strohfeldt

In progress: publication planned for fall 2022

Content:

  • Lifelong passion for botanical exploration.
  • Empirically based botany teaching with first publication on Danzig’s Flora
  • Mentzel as editor of the first multilingual plant encyclopedia
  • Mentzel’s four-volume work on Brazilian natural images “Theatrum Rerum Naturalium Brasiliae
  • Mentzel’s systematics of Japanese plants and other world regions
  • Mentzel as co-founder of plant geography
  • Genius Mentzelia – Mentzel’s appreciation as a botanist with his own genus

 

Volume 3 (Sinology)

Christian Mentzel – Co-Founder of Chinese Sciences in the 17th Century (working title)

Direction: Wolf D. Hartmann and Markus Mollitor

In progress: publication planned for fall 2023

 

Volume 4 (Medicine)

Direction: Stefan Koch

In progress: publication planned for fall 2023

 

Volume 5 (Correspondence Network)

Direction: Melanie Scholz, Astrid Böger

In progress: publication planned for fall 2024